Thread is what holds it all together. That's why it's important to take care of your thread stash; so your thread will take care of you.
Did you know your thread has an expiration date? It does and I promise it isn't until the spool is empty like we might like. Thread is good for about 5 years. Of course, it's hard to know how long it sat in the warehouse or store. So how do you know if it's still good?
- Do a stress test. If it breaks easily with a tug, it's too old.
- Look at it. If it's fuzzy looking, it's too old.
There are several reasons to avoid old thread. For one it isn't as strong as new thread, the color fades over time and it's bad for your machine. As thread ages, it becomes lint and breaks down. Those fibers are then left behind in your machine causing your machine to become dirty. A dirty machine doesn't stich as well as a clean one and can cause skipped stitches and many other problems for your sewing.
Organizing Your Thread
I like having my thread where I can see it so I have thread racks mounted on my wall. I have the thread sorted by color so I can quickly grab the one I need.
Organizing Your Bobbins
For bobbin storage, I love the Bobbin Saver! I actually have several one for at home and two for when I teach at local schools. It's great to pull out my Bobbin Saver and know I'm not going to be dealing with a tangled mess or not having to wind them when I get there. Bobbin Savers are available on Amazon and at quilt and craft shops. Having a Bobbin Saver full of colored bobbins is a great way to save time.
Caring For Your Thread
Avoid placing your thread where it will get direct sunlight. The sunlight will fade the color of your thread and weaken the fibers of it.
You want to make sure that you are not storing your thread in a damp room. If your sewing room tends to have a damp feel/high amount of humidity you probably should consider a dehumidifier to prolong the life of all your sewing equipment and supplies.
I live in Texas so I can tell you it isn't always easy to control the temperature of your sewing room. When it comes to thread, fabric, and most sewing supplies store them where the temperature is stable. Avoid storing or hanging racks by windows or under air vents. For me, blackout fabric and solar screens have been a life saver!
If you need help choosing thread then be sure to read: Thread 101: How to Choose the Right Thread for Sewing.